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Police still searching for suspects in shooting

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Investigators are having limited success in identifying the gunman in Thursday's shooting death of Lorenzo Mickel Craig.

The Detroit native died just after 1 a.m. outside of Poppy's, a nightclub in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue. Officers found the 25-year-old's body in a grassy area next to the bar. He had lived in the Huntington area for several years and still had family out of state.

Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said investigators are receiving limited cooperation at best from a crowd who stood outside of the nightclub. They potentially witnessed elements of the shooting.

"They're less than forthcoming with all of the information," he said. "It was actually a calm night. That's the puzzling part -- just what happened or what transpired out there. Obviously we're not getting that information."

Detectives also are struggling to compile a list of those present at the time. Williams cited witness interviews and surveillance video saying investigators have people with whom they would like to speak, however police have been unable to identify or locate them.

Anyone with information should contact the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.

Williams acknowledged detectives are reviewing surveillance video, however he cited the ongoing nature of their investigation in declining comment about the amount of video and its effectiveness thus far.

The lieutenant also said investigators are still processing a Chevrolet Impala LT with Florida tags which was taken from the scene. It was parked along 8th Avenue just outside of the nightclub.

Investigators have determined who had possession of the vehicle, but Williams said they do not know that person's level of involvement.

Police have not received any reports of the shooting being linked to drug activity, Williams said. He has further described it as having been the result of a problem between two individuals.

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